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Saving Scotland’s Oldest Student Newspaper

Updated: Jun 14, 2023

The Importance of preserving the Legacy

By Tomás Pizarro-Escuti

the logo for The Gaudie

Since its establishment in 1934, The Gaudie - Scotland’s oldest student newspaper, has played an integral role in the vibrant tapestry of the University of Aberdeen.

With its rich history The Gaudie stands as a testament to the power of independent journalism and the invaluable contributions of student voices.

However, in recent times, financial challenges have cast a shadow over its future.

It is time to guarantee perpetual funding for The Gaudie and secure its rightful place in Aberdeen’s future.

From its humble beginnings, The Gaudie has flourished into a beacon of creative expression, intellectual discourse, and investigative journalism.

For nearly nine decades, it has fearlessly pushed the boundaries of conventional student media, championing a platform that encourages thought-provoking conversations on social, political, and cultural issues.

In an era of growing disinformation and media distrust, The Gaudie has remained steadfast in its commitment to truth, transparency, and fairness—a testament to the integrity and dedication of its student journalists.

Moreover, The Gaudie stands as a nurturing ground for aspiring writers, journalists, and artists, providing them with an unparalleled platform to hone their skills and ignite their imaginations.

Through its robust team of student contributors, The Gaudie has fostered an environment of collaboration and growth, cultivating the next generation of media professionals.

Yet, The Gaudies’ impact extends well beyond the boundaries of academia. It has emerged as a vital conduit for dialogue and understanding, connecting the university and the wider community in a symbiotic relationship.

By shining a light on local events, issues, and achievements, The Gaudie has amplified diverse voices, invigorated civic discourse, and fostered a sense of belonging.

Its presence is not confined to the ivory towers of academia; it permeates the very fabric of Aberdeen, enriching the city’s cultural landscape and facilitating a shared understanding of its challenges and triumphs.

What sets The Gaudie apart is not only its informative articles - but also its ability to foster a sense of belonging and community among students.

It serves as a bridge, connecting individuals from diverse faculties and backgrounds, fostering a shared sense of purpose and identity.

The newspaper’s collaborative spirit encourages students to contribute, honing their skills in journalism, writing, and critical thinking.

To ensure the sustained success of The Gaudie, the University of Aberdeen must recognise its moral duty to safeguard this historic institution.

The funding required to sustain the newspaper’s operations can be raised through various avenues, such as the Development Trust and the Alumni Annual Fund.

Losing The Gaudie would be an irreplaceable loss, not just for the university but for the entire community. It represents a vital link between students, staff, and the city, encapsulating the spirit of academic freedom, democratic expression, and community engagement.

The students have played their part in ensuring the longevity of The Gaudie, now, it is time for the University of Aberdeen and AUSA to step up and fulfil their duty. By guaranteeing secure funding and establishing a dedicated fund for The Gaudie, the University will not only protect its history but also demonstrate a commitment to its foundational principle - “open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others”.

Let us safeguard Scotland’s oldest student newspaper and ensure that its influence continues to shape the future of the North East and beyond


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